Ignoring a Certain Common Thread

OK, so a bunch of “youths” have been busy burning cars and buildings in France.

Agence France Presse offers us this update:

More vehicles were set alight in suburban violence in France after President Jacques Chirac said the country needed to learn lessons from two weeks of unrest.

Rioters torched 463 cars in France overnight and police made 201 arrests, figures nearly identical to the previous night, the national police said Friday.

Overnight Thursday 482 cars were torched and 203 people arrested.

At the peak of the trouble on Sunday night some 1,400 vehicles had been torched and 395 people arrested across the country.


I suppose I shouldn’t be in this day and age, but I continue to be amazed at stories like this that not once mention the religious-cultural element that many of these “rioting youth” seem to have in common.


Since You Don’t Have Long to Live…

Got logic? A sentence for murder should be short if the victim had only a short time to live anyway?!

People’s logic defies logic sometimes.

We step into a story in progress in Tacoma, WA:

“The man was 69,
he wasn’t going to live forever,”
she said.

This here-unidentified “she” is upset because some 19-year-old relative of hers got sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating a 69-year-old man to death.

So when she’s nigh-70, is she voting to be beaten to death by some thug who could then get off with a 30-day sentence?


She’s Safe!

I was glad to see this outcome:

Jubilant that she was found safe, relatives of an Oregon teenager who went missing in Brazil and set off a fevered search were left to wonder Thursday how someone they saw as responsible could have disappeared for four days without telling them her plans.

Mckensie Martin, 17, turned up in the Brazilian coastal city of Salvador on Thursday, hundreds of miles from the city where she has been an exchange student for the past few months.

The Best Lions

Al Qaeda continues sowing its mayhem. I wonder how they possibly can think that they shall reap anything else.

But that’s not the point of this post.

I just read this over at Yahoo! News:

The Qaeda group led by America’s deadliest foe in Iraq on Thursday claimed bombings that ripped through luxury hotels in Jordan’s capital and killed 57 people.

In Wednesday night’s closely synchronized attacks, two bombs exploded while crowds were celebrating weddings, leaving blood and destruction at Amman’s Grand Hyatt and the nearby Radisson SAS. A third blast targeted a Days Inn hotel.

Al Qaeda in Iraq, led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said in a statement on an Islamist website that “a group of our best lions” had carried out the attacks.

Their best lions blow themselves to bits with the intent of killing a bunch of others, most (if not all) of whom have done them no personal harm.

We can criticize them and mock them and condemn them for that. (They certainly deserve no glory or commendation for such deeds.)

But I ask you — What do your faith’s best lions do and with what intent?

And — Are you one of your faith’s best lions?

Above all, love God!

since November 9, 2005