Monday, February 12, 2007

Like a Game of Chess

When you play chess you need to think several turns ahead, while constantly thinking "if he does this . . . what should I do?". Now if you are playing a very sloppy player you can win just reacting to his moves but with a player of any skill whatsover you need to think not only of your next move, but your opponent's likely next move and your move beyond that.

On some anti-Jihad sites there has being a recurring theme that Islam needs to be banned, even if we have to amend the Constitution to do it. The same cry is rising in a number of European blogs as well.

Even if we got the support and votes to do it, it would be a bad idea for two reasons.

1. Whenever you outlaw a belief or idea you merely drive it underground. Witness our attempts to outlaw the Communist Party in the early 20th Century. Outlawing belief does not work without a "thought police" force looking for any sign of it. What is legal can be seen and monitored.

2. There are Secular Fundamentalists who want severely limit traditional religions. They could use the outlawing of Islam as a step or pattern to outlaw other religions as well. Not immediately of course but that would be their long-term goal.

Think of the next move before you ban something.


Blogger ABFreedom said...

The best idea would be to get the left toi turn on islam, or islam to turn on the left. That would be a fun battle to sit back and watch.....

11:01 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

How can we condemn Saudi Arabia for outlawing Christianity if we are prepared to do the same? Islam in and of itself, is not the problem. The problem is a minute few who claim to be following the will of God, but who are really using religion to hide behind and cloak their barbaric acts with holy jusification. May they burn in hell.

PS-go back to your normal font.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Exactly, Shoprat.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Shoprat, what the hell are you doing try to inject reason and intellect into an arguement based on emotion and half truths?

4:41 PM  
Blogger dons_mind said...

shoprat, i agree with your logic - but i feel the need to point out to you that there is a lot of difference betweeen us trying to ban the communist party long ago and trying to ban a religion - islam or any other. religions have protection under the constitution and laws - political parties have no such protection...

6:30 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Tim said it was "a minute few who claim to be following the will of God." If only it were just a "minute few". If that were true there would be no problem whatsoever!

Your point is well-taken, Shoprat. To outlaw Islam would only be to drive it even further underground. Look what happened during prohibition! Your Chess analogy is a good one.

7:13 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

abf It would be nice if they would fight each other instead of us.

tim I had not considered that but you're right. Consider that a 3rd good reason.

pjc & cp thanks

d_m As I said it would take an amendment but there are anti-Jihad sites where commentors are seriously suggesting this

Gayle I do agree that if there is a "silent majority" of peaceful Muslims they need to speak up before the lynch mobs start forming.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

I like the analogy except there are rules you have to follow when you're playing chess. Radical Islamics don't follow rules. Maybe we should outlaw killing innocent people. Oh wait, we did that. It didn't work.

6:56 PM  

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