Jun 172016
 

I’m not in the habit of discussing the “Westboro Baptist Church.” However, a great many people are, and we need to get more accuracy on their Google footprint.

So here I am with that. BoWilliams.com is about service to others.

First of all, Westboro Baptist Church is not a Baptist church. “Baptist Church” is part of their name because that is what they have named themselves. No recognized or sanctioned Baptist organization, large or small, claims Westboro. It is exactly as if I said I had conquered the universe because I started calling myself “Bo Williams, Conqueror of the Universe.”

Westboro has fewer than 40 members, nearly all of them related to each other. Most of them are descended from Fred Phelps, Westboro’s founder.

Westboro gets press very far out of proportion to its size. This is partially because they are crafty marketers, but mostly because they are regularly trotted out as some sort of counterpoint to radical Islam. “See,” some bloviating nitwit will sniff, “Christianity has its own problems.”

Eh, no. Westboro is not a problem of Christianity whatsoever. It’s three dozen or so hateful people with a really small gene pool in a Topeka neighborhood, receiving regular injections of currency from those with anti-Christian agendas.

 Posted by at 12:40 pm
Jun 142016
 

I don’t generally repeat myself verbatim on BoWilliams.com, but I’m going back to this documentary that I first posted about in December, shortly after the San Bernadino attacks.

Many people believe that radical Islam and Islam are two separate things; that the former has nothing to do with the legitimate religion, and that anyone who claims otherwise is racist and/or propagating hate.

It is true that most practitioners of Islam are fine people. I have worked with them, and I have broken bread with them. The homecoming queen and drum major at the boys’ school is a beautiful young lady, inside and out. As she has an Arabic name and her mother wears a hijab to football games, I presume she is Muslim.

We will definitely need the help of moderate Muslims if we are to solve this problem. They are likely the greatest potential agents of change.

The Clarion Project has put together an excellent 15-minute documentary on radical Islam called By The Numbers. Soberly presented by Sunni Muslim and anti-terrorism activist Raheel Raza, it provides rigorous documentation of the magnitude of this single greatest threat to civilized society.

If you believe that radical Islam and Islam at large are not related, please take the time to watch this program.

 Posted by at 1:45 pm
May 172016
 

I wrote once about these way-too-happy-all-the-time guys (it’s almost always men) who are eternally whistling, sauntering instead of walking, taking way too damned long to order lunch because they think the server genuinely wants to have a conversation, and so forth. Frequently there is overlap with Incremental Guy. These people still piss me off more […]

 Posted by at 8:00 am

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