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We are all children of Adam and Eve. I read this line while catching up on World Trade Center news, and it struck a resonant chord within me.
I was reading about the World Trade Center tragedy, and a columnist noted that we are all children of Adam and Eve. What a profound statement, the civilized world does all pray to the same God, the God that created Adam and Eve, the God the freed Moses. True, the major religions of the world mainly differ in how they treat our Saviour, Jesus Christ.a The Jews barely acknowledge his existence, while the Muslins consider Him a prophet. But aside from those major heresies, we all consider the Old Testament to be God's word.
So I am asking all our adequacy readers to reflect upon this before acting. That turban wearing Sikh you want to pelt with bricks and rocks probably had nothing to do with bombing, and he believes in Adam, Eve, Abraham, Moses, Noah and the whole Old Testament. The mosque you wish to firebomb is full of people praying to our God, the father of our Saviour. The Jews you wish to blame for this mess created the foundation of Christianity, and can still be converted. Until we're all members of the one true Church, I wish you all peace.
[editor's note, by jsm]
Sadly, of course, although admirable in his sentiments, my esteemed co-editor Mr Rightmann is not quite correct in his assessment. Although most major religions of the world (Christianity, Buddhism, Hindoo, Scientology, Islam) recognise the divinity (or at least, the special status) of Jesus Christ and his Holy Mother, there is one group who do not.
I'm talking about, of course, Pagans.
Pagans, or "Goths" to give them their correct name, believe in all manner of strange spirits. They are happy to believe in faeries, tree spirits, racially dubious Allfather figures and such like with no real evidence at all, but not in the undeniable historical fact of the existence of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Although it is perhaps uncomfortable to say it, the normal patriotic citizen of the USA actually has more in common, spiritually, with Osama Bin Laden than with his pasty-faced, leftivist, draft-dodging Goth classmate.
Based on this, I have a suggestion.
One of the beliefs of the Pagan tradition is in the concept of a "scapegoat". This is an innocent creature (historically an actual goat), which is ritually blamed for all the sins of a village or "coven". After having taken responsibility for the sins of the group, the goat is ritually slaughtered (or for PETA Pagans, driven out of town in a humane, non-coercive manner). This purges the sins and troubles of the community and allows the group to make a fresh start.
I think you can see where this is headed. What the world of the Christo-Judaico-Muslimic tradition desperately needs is a new start, a chance to put aside the bad blood and misunderstandings that have dogged our great faiths. Meanwhile,
I am proposing that the Goths be made scapegoats for the World Trade Center attacks.
Instead of declaring war on Afghanistan, the USA should declare war on domestic Goths. Instead of declaring jihad against the great Satan of capitalism, the Islamicists should be encouraged to concentrate their fire on Austria, historical home of the Goths. The Indians, Pakistanis and Chinese don't actually have all that many Goths or pagans domestically, but they can pitch in if they want to. Maybe they can start a persecution of their own native animist cultures, the nearest thing they have to Pagans.
We must begin the "witch hunt" now. It is the only way for the healing to begin.