The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #38937   Message #550380
Posted By: Lanfranc
14-Sep-01 - 06:43 PM
Thread Name: Prayer-Free Mourning
Subject: RE: Prayer-Free Mourning
Perhaps we ought to create a new crime "Inciting hatred", punishable by public crucifixion?

Wait, though, that punishment would make us as bad as them, whatever creed they corrupted to their own ends.

How do you punish those who conceived such deeds. Kill them, and you create a martyr. Jail them, and you create a hostage to fortune (or a hunger striker, or, in the case of the Irish "peace process", a prematurely-freed convicted murderer). Turn the other cheek, and they sneer at your weakness.

In the face of this week's events, prayer is a useful catharsis for the faithful, but implies the "imaginary friend". Denied prayer, what can we agnostics do? Atheists are even worse off, they can't even console themselves that there is any kind of divine plan. Humanists - well, after this week, who could have any faith in humans?

But wait - didn't a substantial part of the world stand in silence today?

Perhaps that's the answer - silence!

I'll shut up now, it's been a long week.