|Obama speaking about many Islamic countries.|
Yes, the newest poll (located in the upper left corner of the blog) does have a story behind it. I was at a restaurant a few days ago with friends and friends of friends. Most of you have probably experienced this: The closer you are to an individual, the less back story you need to provide when making an assertion. For example, I was talking about the secular blogger in jail in an Arab country for breaking the local blasphemy law. I dropped the "B" word -- barbaric -- as in, "That country's government is freak'n barbaric." And my buddy's brother (who I see irregularly at best) replied that using the word barbarism was a bit, well, strong. Seeing that I had been driving for a fair portion of the day (this is when I was driving back from Yoga Camp last week) as well as having a few drinks in me, I chose not to follow-up on the matter. In retrospect, I should have, along with the caveat that medieval Western European Christianity was the very picture of barbarism. I'd also point out that while modern day Christianity has lost many barbaric characteristics, it's only because it had bled whole populations white and that secular laws and secular society had curbed that barbarism (as it still does).
Have you had experiences calling radical Islam barbaric, and then called out for it? I seems that many liberals cringe at calling the faith the "B" word in fear of appearing intolerant or even racist. Of course, many conservatives feel free at calling Islam barbaric without any sense of history regarding Christianity's inhumane past.