reply to post by woogleuk and CX
I have to thank you for your responses, pat yourselves on the back for helping out, and draw yourselves a pint.
Sorry, I forgot that you can't do that anymore. What do you shout out to the barmaid? "I'll have another half-litre, if you please?"
Loses some of the romance, don't you think?
Anyway, back to death and destruction.
It seems there is a vast cultural distinction that I would never have suspected. In the US the attitude of the common man seems to be, "If you
don't like it, don't look at it." Or, alternatively, "You don't like it? Tough. Go away."
If the Muslims in America were to present us with a list of words and actions which they deemed offensive to Islam, then told us we mustn't do or say
any of them, I don't know if the reaction would be laughter or suits at law. I'm reasonably certain that if their proposal was taken seriously for
a moment, ammunition sales would grow exponentially.
We would go about gaily (Let us pause for a moment at the loss of that happy word.) with those offensive words on bumper stickers, T-shirts, and
posters. We would probably buy more tobacco, liquor, and pet pigs. There are some things that "True Americans" don't care for, and one of them is
the removal of basic freedoms.
We allow "Gay Pride" parades and festivals, which offend sizable numbers of Americans. But if the Muslims were to demand we not have "Christianity
Pride" parades, there would be a significant reaction.
But maybe we are changing also. I dearly hope not.