Spent a couple of hours in Casualty (that’s ER, US friends) yesterday after church. Nothing life-threatening, but I was slightly alarmed by mysterious swelling of my jaw and cheek. Doc seemed unconcerned. “Probably a viral infection”, which is I think what they say when they don’t know. Preaching went ahead as normal last night, but I’ll be keeping an eye on myself.
Not much time for proper blogging, but my eye was drawn to a Newsweek story about a South Carolina state senator’s comments about a gubernatorial candidate
A lawmaker on Thursday called a Republican gubernatorial candidate of Indian descent a “raghead,” saying we have one in the White House, we don’t need one in the governor’s mansion.
For background, Republican state Sen. Jake Knotts was referring to Nikki Haley, a Tea Party–backed candidate for governor who was born to Sikh parents and later converted to Methodism. Obvious, unveiled racism like this is appalling, but individual comments like this aren’t particularly interesting—it’s the banality of racism, if you will.
The article concludes, “Despite the widespread condemnation his comments on Haley have drawn, and will draw, Knotts is living proof that for some people, it’s still OK to be racist—as long as your targets are carefully chosen.”
I’m not sure we should find this surprising. Post 9-11, a good deal of effort has gone in to demonizing Islam and that effort has paid off. (I know. Nikki Haley’s parents weren’t Muslim. But the skin colour is about right, and that’s all that matters). Islam is, in fact, the new Enemy. Last night I caught a bit of Chuck Missler on GodTV. He demonstrated from the Bible the prophesies that Islam would be the Enemy. So it must be true. (No matter that I’m old enough to remember when the Bible clearly prophesied that Communism was the Enemy. We all make mistakes) Further, this morning’s news carried the results of a YouGov survey showing the extent to which negative stereotypes of Islam have become embedded in Britain.
It’s all very troubling.
On a lighter note, Kim has been at the clerihews again.