I still have a few more pieces to offer about the Freddie Gray murder and the Baltimore Uprising. For now, do consider this a semi-open Monday thread.
The media has been given a reprieve of sorts. With Sunday's apparent attempt by "terrorists" to attack an "art" gallery opening featuring caricatures of the Islamic worship figure Muhammad in Garland, Texas, the American corporate media can refocus on the apparent "enemy within" by nebulous "Muslim terrorists" as opposed to talking about the clear threat posed to black (and brown and poor and other peoples) by the country's police departments.
The first story is far easier and more digestible for the low information American public.
As readers of my work online and elsewhere know, I have little to no use for religion. I find the religiously minded a very confusing group of people. Religion is a type of self-therapy and medication that can be used for positive or negative purposes. Extreme forms of religiosity can also impair one's cognitive processes.
I also acknowledge how religion has been an aid and tool for some of America's greatest leaders and visionaries such as Martin Luther King Jr. and John Brown.
Life in a cosmopolitan and diverse society is complicated. For that reason--and many others--we have laws that separate Church and State.
The attempted "terrorist" raid on hate monger Pamela Geller's event is an example of one group of human debris attempting to destroy another group of human debris. It is wonderfully efficient when one group of garbage attempts to put another group of like-minded human garbage on the collective refuse pile.
However, in the United States it is not illegal to be an
I am not so myopic and ahistorical as to suggest that domestic political violence is uncommon in America. I am, however, concerned about how since 9/11 America has been in a state of political and social derangement both at home and abroad.
Are the chickens coming home to roost again? And am I being too cynical in my concern about how the Christian Religious Right and the Islamic Right are both threats to cosmopolitanism and modernity in the United States?