Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Peace (Or Two) Of My Mind

After causing a tremendous furor, a housing community in Denver, Colorado has decided against fining one of its residents for posting a "peace wreath" outside her home. Many of her neighbors, some who have family members serving in one of our military conflicts overseas, complained that they were offended by that particular holiday decoration.

Still others thought the wreath was "Satanic," as some people believe the peace symbol is really a broken crucifix.

I'm going to put aside the aforementioned community's deed restrictions regarding signage for a moment to make a few points:

*A key message of Christmas is and has always been "Peace on Earth." Look at your Christmas cards, you twits.

*Military families have historically missed this subtlety of the peace message - that peace means their loved ones would come home and be out of harm's way. If they were really thinking, those who wholeheartedly support the military would be the biggest peace activists of all. Instead, they often deride peaceniks.

*Far too many concessions are given to the "offended." "Offenders" have rights, too. The presumption is automatically made that if anyone is offended, their rights somehow supersede those of the offending party. But, as we all know, "offensive" is highly subjective. The easily offended could stand to suck it up for the sake of fairness; instead, they act selfishly, as in Colorado.

*Satanism is a belief system that's followed by many. Therefore, posting an inverted, encircled pentagram (unlike the above, it's an actual Satanic symbol) on one's door should be as permissible in a community as creating a manger scene on a lawn at Christmas.

Deed restrictions, or covenants (which sounds like some creepy Mormon practice) would make a great blog topic of their own, and perhaps I'll do one sometime. Suffice it to say, unless you're raising goats in your yard, or your kids are running a mushroom tea stand, I think your Nazi neighbors should basically leave you alone.

More important to me, though, is the issue this wreath controversy brings up with regard to determining how the "offensive" should be handled. I see a spin-off post coming very soon...

18 comments:

Paddys_Gal said...

'Tis the season... for everything to be considered offensive to someone. It's insane. Pass the eggnog, I need a drink. ; )

Pete Bogs said...

stout-nog for me, please!

Bird said...

clearly, we are now having a war on peace, eh? well,what the hell! tis the season!

haha! i saw this news article the other day and almost posted a blog on it. but really, couldn't get over my complete hysterics to type a word.

but stop by my roost in a bit bogs - i have a very special wreath i think i'll post. you might appreciate it - it has a touch of florida to it.

Hellpig said...

The new satanic symbol is the "Star and Cresent" which is evident by the violence over the past 1400 years,you ever notice how Muslims kneel and pray towards HELL and Christians bow and pray towards HEAVEN? This and the fact Muhammad is in HELL sucking the pigshit off Allah's dick.

Bird said...

i am following one of k9's work abatement programs today ...

so tell me bogs, does beer and egg nog mix well?

any suggestions for a holiday beer?

Hellpig said...

Belgium Brewing Co. Bird there a lot of seasonal brews on the market

I like

Fat Tire Ale
Mirror Pond Ale
Rat City IPA

Or the old standby
Heineken

rusty shakelford said...

Most military don't like the peace symbol because of its ties to the Vietnam protesters who protested, spit on troops and called them "baby killers". I guess its the same reason black people don't like the rebel flag. Never the less this is a free country and people should be allowed to hang anything they want on the side of there house.
In todays day, telling a soldier that you only want them some safe is like telling a fireman that you want to keep them out of harms way even though there is a huge fire on the other side of town.

Pete Bogs said...

hell - you don't like Lucky Charms?

rusty - peace activists are well-intentioned; those white oppressors never were...

Hellpig said...

Nice one Bogs........smart ass

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

ZIng! outstanding analogy rusty shackelford!

/grrr

Pete Bogs said...

the analogy of the peace symbol and the redneck, er, rebel flag only works without close examination... one is a progressive symbol, the other regressive...

if people hate the idea of peace because of the behavior of some people 30 years ago, that's ridiculous... apparently, the peace haters really missed the message...

consternos still point to the hippy/Vietnam era as their reason for hating all things liberal... that's a major source of hatred for Bill Clinton, for example, though may GOP leaders are from the same era... it's time to move on... but that wouldn't be true to the reactionary creed...

I don't blame anyone for hating a war - this one, or Vietnam - that was started based on an American lie... Saddam WMDs and Gulf of Tonkin, respectively... nowadays we've gotten smarter about directing our anger at the planners and managers of war, not the grunts... you don't hear about those spitting incidents too much now, I think... personally, I am hoping for a well-defined end to the Iraq war... when that happens, I think we should have a huge parade to honor all the returning troops... I'd be there in a heartbeat... no spitting, just cheering...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

bogs i was referring to this analogy:

"telling a soldier that you only want them home safe is like telling a fireman that you want to keep them out of harms way even though there is a huge fire on the other side of town."

im not bothered by peace signs or war hating. most conservatives dont want to tell free individuals what the **** they can display. neither does rusty from what i read (unlike *some* libs who actually DO try and control imagery)

the reason conservatives are disgusted by bill clinton was that his desire to be loved personally (i.e. the prom queen syndrome) was greater than his love for this nation, and this nations future. he did nothing to prevent the shitstorm we are in now.
except enbolden our enemies.


/grrr

Pete Bogs said...

Rusty's point is that people are there to do a job, whatever it may be... that's obvious...

soldiers exist to fight for our protection... firemen exist to fight fires... so far the analogy works... but Iraq is the equivalent of a false alarm... our firemen left a real fire on one block (Afghanistan) for a falsely reported one on another (Iraq)... it's not their fault, but they ended up starting a fire in Iraq that wasn't there... their fire chief sucks bigtime...

Hellpig said...

Removing Sadam was inevitable whether in 2003 or 2012,as for being lied to,this is a liberal thing,the entire world thought Sadam had WMD's,Lied to no,misinformed maybe.Another liberal misiformation is that our military of 15 million is over stretched with our 140k troops on the ground in Iraq,what kinda math do you people use anyhow?

Peace signs or rebel flags don't bother me,what does bother me is liberal labels such as phobias,gays used it to get minority rights(which they deserve),which now is used by Muslims to tear down the united states government and allowing terrorists to live and train to kill Americans right out in plain sight,and anytime they are questioned they cry Islamaphobia

Qur’an 5:41 “Whomever Allah wants to deceive you cannot help. Allah does not want them to know the truth because he intends to disgrace them and then torture them.”

Bukhari:V7B67N427 “The Prophet said, ‘If I take an oath and later find something else better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath.’”

Qur’an 9:3 “Allah and His Messenger dissolve obligations.”

Qur’an 66:1 “Allah has already sanctioned for you the dissolution of your vows.”

Bukhari:V4B52N268 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘War is deceit.’”

Qur’an 4:142 “Surely the hypocrites strive to deceive Allah. He shall retaliate by deceiving them.”

Pete Bogs said...

hell - I don't know math, I just know they instituted stop-loss and keep sending troops back for more tours... sounds like a shortage somewhere...

btw, I am one of the biggest liberal critics if Islam, so you are preaching to the converted with the Quran verses... I think you're exaggerating on the "plain sight" thing... we've got ONE Muslim Congressman out of hundreds - that doesn't worry me too much... it takes all kinds...

Hellpig said...

That one Congressman is associated with CAIR which is associated with terrorism.

I know you are a critic of Islam I was on a rant,not talking to you directly.

Plain sight, 6 imans with an planned agenda to cry "Islamaphobia" to slowly tear down public opinion via media,you ever notice the geographical locations of the 2 biggest Muslim populations? Tucson and Dearborn coincedence? both borders covered. We are being infiltrated and they are getting away with it all because ofv the liberal label which they have perverted for their own agenda.

Thier word Islamaphobia

My word Diligence

Pete Bogs said...

hell - I don't think that's some organized plot; it's simply immigration... not an issue until they start beheading or immolating people around town... in other words, they're not bad until they're bad...

Hellpig said...

Kind of the same wait and see method Clinton used,we waited and seen 3000 die and 2 towers destroyed.We are beyond the wait and see approach as of 09/11/01

Muslims have no business being in Western Culture,thier entire belief system goes against western culture..so why are they here?