Friday, February 10, 2006

New Sheriff in Town

I think the "Best Columnist Alive" crown may be back in the land of D.C.. I'm not talking about me. I am talking about the good ol' U.S.A..

I remain a huge Mark Steyn fan, but ... hard to say any one is doing a better job today than Thomas Lifson of The American Thinker.

I linked to his fabulous run-down on the Muslim cartoon outrage earlier this week. He appears to have outdone himself now, though. Check this out:
It is hard for us Westerners to understand the deep reverence so many overseas have for this man. He was, after all, human, not a god in the eyes of even his most devout believers. But his followers regard him as a special and different kind of human being, one whose life was a story of miracles and triumphs inexplicable in ordinary mortal terms, and a man who brought enlightenment and a vision of a perfect world to all of humanity.

Having created a comprehensive guide for all aspects of life for all time, his adherents venerate him with a passion that sometimes seems oddly fierce to those of us who are not believers. They feel a mixture of pity, anger, and contempt for those of us who have not yet understood the beauty, wisdom, and eternal truth of his message, and who dare to criticize his actions during his lifetime.

Sometimes, those of us who live in societies with a tradition of freedom of speech callously castigate his historic deeds and are tempted to regard him as brutal, cruel, and bloodthirsty toward his enemies. We note his history of aggression and his slaughter of those who dared oppose him during his lifetime.

Sometimes, a few such Westerners even dare to mock him. They cannot imagine the pain such outright insensitivity brings to those whose entire lives are organized around following his teachings. Where his doctrines have been codified into law, such behavior is punished very severely.
Look at the whole column ... and read the next sentence of "Strange New Respect".

Ironic and powerful. Let the message sink in.

And spread it.