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Posts published in “Day: January 11, 2015”

Ever met a Muslim?

rainey BARRETT


Hate mail on the ol’ I-net keeps hitting new highs. Or lows. For several years, the target was Pres. Obama, his wife, kids and any non-white person supporting the President. Told a number of my friends to knock it off. Lost several.

Now the target I see most is Muslims. Any Muslim. Since the Paris terrorism, there’s been a sharp increase. Hardly a day goes I don’t get a couple hate mails. Some are supposed to be “joles” but many are filled with lengthy quotes from speeches or writings of some “noted authority” here or abroad on the dangers of the Muslim way of life. Checking the background of some writers, I found several hated somebody else before they got around to Muslims. Hate and racism du jour, I guess.

Just speculation on my part but I doubt many who circulate this mental garbage have ever met a Muslim much less had one as a friend. They’re a distinct minority in our Northwestern back yard. Had it not been for the military and living in Washington, D.C. as a reporter for a few years, I probably would’ve lived my entire life Muslim-less.

But I ‘ve gotten to know a few. And, while not being an authority on all things Muslim, I can say my experiences were interesting, mind-broadening and I found not a whole lot of difference from anyone else with a strong religious base in their history. Orthodox Jews are a good example. Some practice faithfully; some don’t. Baptists, Catholics and we Presbyterian/Methodists, too. Sometimes.

“But what about their supposed violence against all things not Muslim?” you ask. “And Sharria law and ‘death to the infidels’?’” Yes, there is that. Sometimes. “Course we non-Muslims had our crusades and some witch burnings. But we don’t talk much about those.

As a Presby/Methodist hybrid, I’ve attended a lot of Bible study classes trying to stay protestantly multilingual. One of the things that’s struck me repeatedly was how much violence and death there is in our own religious teachings. Lots of it. Moses, for example, wiping out whole villages and thousands of families from elderly to children during the trek from Egypt to the Promised Land. Wholesale slaughter! Before leaving Egypt, there was all that Passover killing. And all the murders of babies after Christ’s birth. Crucifixions, stoning, stabbing, poisonings, etc.

Then there were the instructions from God and/or his spokesmen on earth to kill certain people, punish family members, exact deadly vengeance on misdoers, run people out of town, confiscate property and on and on and on. Not to mention famines, plagues, drought and drowning everybody. Or those stake burnings. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Business group predicts increased road funding (Boise Statesman)
Profiling Dean Mortimer, on JFAC and chairing ed (Boise Statesman)
Shooting spree, 3 dead, reported at Moscow (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal, Moscow News)
About Idaho 100 influential Idahoans (Pocatello Journal)
Large cattle thefts in Bonneville, Bingham (Pocatello Journal)
Documentary produced on MV irrigation (TF Times News)
Siddoway argues, schools first, then tax cuts (TF Times News)

Growing populaton of cougars (KF Herald & News)
Reviewing the development of watershed accords (KF Herald & News)
Kitzhaber still facing trouble entering term 4 (Salem Statesman Journal, KF Herald & News)
College credits earned in high school (Medford Tribune)
Does UO academics gain from athletics? (Portland Oregonian)
Why aren't roads being repaired more? (Portland Oregonian)
Ducks head to Dallas (Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal)

Seahawks score playoff win (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Bremerton Sun, Olympian)
Former Lynnwood mayor sends memos to new crew (Everett Herald)
Looking ahead to legislature 2015 (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Yakima Herald Republic, Olympian, Longview News)
Peninsula legislators concerned with tree harvest (Port Angeles News)
Looking ahead to Idaho legislature (Spokane Spokesman)
Shooting spree at Moscow; suspect held (Spokane Spokesman)
Inslee to decide on oil rail terminal plan (Vancouver Columbian)
Gas priced under $2 a gallon in Clark (Vancouver Columbian)